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Some obvious and not so obvious lessons I’ve learnt after taking part in a Go-Tri

Last week I took part in Skipton Go-Tri. A 200 metre swim, a 9.5k bike and a 2.5k run.  It allows those interested in triathlon to get an idea of what it’s all about and for the more experienced it’s a great way to practise transitions or do some training.
So here’s what I learnt.

1. Unless you have the word ‘Brownlee’ at the end of your name you do not look good in a tri-suit.

2. No one cares what you look like in a tri suit, they’re all trying to do a triathlon. Suck it up and get on with it.

3. If you put your hair in a high ponytail for the swim you can’t get your bike helmet on and have to re-do your hair during transition – not good.

4. Both my shoe laces came undone in the run. When I bent down to tie them my sunglasses steamed up and I couldn’t see for 30 seconds. I really could have done without this. Check them before setting off.

5. Get organised. I didn’t put a bottle on my bike so had to drink during transition which took up valuable time.

6. Thank the marshals, all of them, repeatedly. They are giving their valuable time for free and helping you get around.

7. Don’t be intimidated by other athletes. In my wave of swimmers there were experienced triathletes and first timers. That’s why Go-Tri is so good it’s for everyone.

8. Don’t neglect one discipline. I’m not mad-keen on cycling, partly because I live on a huge hill in Yorkshire. However half way around, with tired legs, I realised more bike training would have really helped.

9. Just relax. This is particularly true when it comes to the swim, panicking and losing your rhythm of breathing will create all manner of problems.

10. Enjoy it! Go-Tri is a fabulous way to get a taste of triathlon in a supportive environment with like-minded people and really is great fun.

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